Following my recent post about preparing for meetings it seemed logical to set out some of the questions I ask coaching and mentoring candidates to consider before we start work.

The precise questions will depend upon the issues that require attention. Sometimes these will have become apparent from a skills self audit On other occasions the individual or their managing partner will have identified key issues that need to be addressed.

So the questions I would ask might be:

  • What prompted you to seek an external mentor/coach?
  • What specific concerns do you have as regards [key issue]?
  • What do you think are the key reasons for any shortfalls?
  • What are the 3 most valuable lessons you have learned to date as regards your personal development?

Any further questions tend to be more specific.

If you have any concerns that you are not performing as well as you could be, you might like to consider how you would respond to the first 3 questions. Answers to the fourth one provide an insight into what and how you prefer to learn things and can help determine the approach I would take so as help you to gain maximum benefit from our sessions.